Effective June 25, 2019 and until further notice and as per instruction of the Directorate of Civil Aviation, the attached Prohibited Items list will be applicable for all passengers and luggage screening checkpoints at Aruba Airport.

Attention all passengers traveling to the United States; Avoid Monetary Fines and flight delays – Declare All Food products to U.S. Customs & Border Protection - Aruba.

Edible items you brought or bought may be permissible to the United States but must be declared and inspected.


  • Pasteurized/Hard Cheese
  • Seafood
  • Poultry (cooked)
  • Bananas
  • Bakery Items without pork/beef
  • Consume meals purchased outside the airport prior to entering the Aruba CBP inspection area. Meals purchased within the Aruba Airport are permissible for onboard consumption but should be declared. 

Additionally, declare any excursions to: the Donkey Sanctuary, Ostrich Farm, Philips Animal Garden or Horseback Riding. Your assistance will help to protect American Agriculture and her flora and fauna!

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** Regulations for permitted, restricted and prohibited items subject to change at any time.**

SHARP OBJECTS Carry-on Checked luggage*
Box cutters No Yes
Ice axes/ice picks No Yes
Knives- except for plastic or round bladed butter knives No Yes
Meat Cleavers No Yes
Razor type blades-such as utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge No Yes
Sabers No Yes
Scissors-metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches from pivot point Yes Yes
Swords No Yes
Cigar cutters Yes Yes
Corkscrews Yes Yes
Crochet hooks & knitting needles Yes Yes
Nail clipper Yes Yes


GUNS & FIREARMS** Carry-on Checked luggage
Firearms or parts of firearms including shell casings No No
Ammunition No No
BB guns No Yes
Compressed Air Guns No Yes
Pellet guns No Yes
Realistic replica of firearm No Yes
Flare guns No No
Starter pistols No Yes


TOOLS Carry-on Checked luggage*
Axes & Hachets No Yes
Cattle prods No Yes
Crowbars No Yes
Hammers No Yes
Drills and Drill bits No Yes
Saws No Yes
Tools – greater than seven inches in length No Yes
Tools – seven inches or less in length Yes Yes
Screwdrivers – seven inches or less in length Yes Yes
Wrenches and pliers – seven inches or less in length Yes Yes


Chlorine for Pools and Spas No No
Small compressed CO² gas cartridges, 2 inside a life jacket and 2 spares Yes Yes
Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylinders No No
Liquid bleach No No
Spillable Batteries – except those in wheelchair No No
Spray Paint No No
Tear gas No No


SPORTING GOODS Carry-on Checked luggage
Baseball / Cricket bats No Yes
Bows and Arrows No Yes
Golf clubs No Yes
Hockey / Lacrosse sticks No Yes
Pool cues No Yes
Ski Poles No Yes
Tennis rackets Yes Yes
Spear Guns No No


MARTIAL ARTS & SELF DEFENSE ITEMS Carry-on Checked luggage*
Billy clubs No Yes
Black Jacks No Yes
Brass Knuckles No Yes
Kubatons No Yes
Mace/Pepper spray No No
Martial Arts Weapons No Yes
Expandable Batons No Yes
Nunchakus No Yes
Stun guns/Shocking devices No Yes
Throwing stars No Yes


EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS Carry-on Checked luggage
Blasting caps No No
Dynamite No No
Fireworks No No
Flares No No
Hand grenades No No
Plastic explosives No No
Realistic replicas of explosives No No


FLAMMABLE ITEMS Carry-on Checked luggage
Flammable Aerosols (except for personal care or toiletries in limited quantities) No
(3-1-1 Rule apply)
No ***
Fuel No No
Gasoline No No
Gas torches No No
Lighter fluid No No
Common lighters Yes No
Torch lighters No No
Strike anywhere matches No No
Flammable paints No No
Turpentine and paint thinner No No
Realistic replicas of incendiaries No No
Other flammable liquids or gels No No


OTHER ITEMS Carry-on Checked luggage*
Gel-type candles No Yes
Gel shoe inserts – shoes constructed with gel heels are allowed and must be removed and screened No Yes
Non-flammable liquids, Non-flammable gels, Non-flammable aerosols  YES (3-1-1 rule apply)  YES ***
Snow globes and like decorations, regardless of amount of liquid inside No Yes
Umbrella Yes Yes
Adult toys Yes Yes
Cremated remains Yes Yes
Drones Yes Yes
E-cigarettes Yes No
Flashlight – no longer than 7 inches Yes Yes
Selfie stick Yes Yes

Note: for cremated remains marked in red, if image is opaque, law enforcement needs to be notified.

Above list is not all-inclusive and the Head Security Officer may determine that an item, that does not appear on the Prohibited Items list, is prohibited or determine that an item on the Exemption List is dangerous and therefore not permitted for travel. This list is applicable at all Passenger and Luggage screening Checkpoints at Aruba Airport.

* Sharp objects in checked luggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to handlers
** Transport of Firearms, ammunition and other weapons is illegal and punishable by law, LEO notification required
*** Passengers shall consult their airline for specific requirements


L-A-G (3-1-1- Rule) REQUIREMENT
Liquids, aerosols a/o gels are permitted when packed in one clear transparent resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag which may contain liquids, gels, and/or aerosols in containers of 3.4 oz. (100ml) capacity or less per container.
The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the plastic bag must be completely closed/sealed and subjected to x-ray inspection separate from the passenger’s carry-on bag.
Medications (liquid, gels, and/or aerosol)
Liquids (to include juice) or gels for diabetic or other medical needs
Baby formula/milk (to include breast milk) and baby food/juice in containers if a baby or small child is traveling
Passenger may have the items listed, but must declare them at the screening checkpoint if they are not contained in a clear transparent resealable 1 quart (1 liter) size plastic bag and/or are over 3.4 oz. (100 ml).

Duty free items (to include liquids, gels and/or aerosols) purchased inside the sterile area (i.e. behind the passenger screening check-point) are allowed to be carried into the cabin of the aircraft.
Duty free items purchased in the main concession area have to be inserted into the hold luggage in the baggage reclaim area.

Inorganic powders and granular material above 12 ounces used for F&B purposes, for cleaning and for Contractor purposes are allowed
These items must undergo alternative screening procedures.



Hazardous Materials Reference Document

Screening Location Reference Sheet

Passengers and crew may carry some personal hazardous materials onboard aircraft in conformance with these exceptions.
This document is not all inclusive.

Hazardous Materials

 Personal Items



Toiletries Non-radioactive medicinal and toilet articles, including aerosols. Examples: Flammable perfume, hairspray, nail polish and remover, rubbing alcohol, cough syrup, etc. Through the screening checkpoint, quantities of liquids, gels, and aerosols are limited to travel size (3.4 oz./100ml). For checked baggage, the quantity of HAZMAT may not exceed 2 kg (70 oz.) or 2 L (68 fl. oz.). Capacity of the containers may not exceed 0.5 kg (18 oz.) or 470 ml (16 fl. oz.). Yes Yes
Aerosols, non-toiletry Aerosols (non-flammable) with no subsidiary risk (for example, toxic) may be carried in checked baggage. These aerosols are included in the above quantity limits. No Yes
Self-defense One self-defense spray not exceeding 118 ml (4 fl. oz.) by volume that incorporates a positive means to prevent accidental discharge and does not contain more than 2% of Tear Gas (CS or CN) by weight may be carried in checked baggage. No No
Curling Iron (with flammable gas cartridge) One curling iron. Safety cover must be over heating element. No spare gas (butane) cartridges allowed. Yes Yes
Duty Free Vendors No quantity limits apply when the items are being carried through by a Duty Free Vendor representative. Yes N/A


Smoking Materials



Lighters Except for torch lighters and micro torches Yes Yes
Matches, safety(strike on cover, book) Matches for individual use* are allowed to be carried on one’s person—not in checked baggage. *Limit is 1 book of matches according to DOT/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) interpretation. Strike-anywhere matches are forbidden in both accessible property and checked baggage. Yes No


Medical Items



Carbon dioxide cylinders for operating mechanical limbs Spare carbon dioxide cylinders may be carried to ensure an adequate supply for the journey. Yes Yes
Incubators, medical A transport incubator necessary to protect life or an organ preservation unit. Yes No
Medicines (non-radioactive) See “toiletries” above. Yes Yes
Mercury thermometer, small One small medical/clinical mercury thermometer for personal use, carried in a protective case. (Note related restriction below, “Mercury Barometer/Thermometer.”) Yes Yes
Oxygen Oxygen used during flight must be provided by the aircraft operator. Passengers, oxygen suppliers, and crewmembers may carry oxygen systems/canisters through the screening checkpoint. Yes No
Radioactive devices and medicine implanted, ingested, injected Human beings and animals may have implanted devices (heart pacemaker, etc.) containing radioactive materials and may have radiopharmaceuticals that have been ingested or injected into their bodies. Yes N/A
Wheelchair/mobility aid with non-spillable battery Yes Yes
Wheelchair/mobility aid with spillable battery Yes Yes


Other Articles



Alcoholic beverages Alcoholic beverages containing 24% or less alcohol are not restricted in checked baggage. Those containing more than 24%, but not more than 70% alcohol in retail packaging are limited to 5 L (1.3 gal.) per person and 5 L (1.3 gal.) per container in checked baggage. Those containing more than 70% alcohol (more than “140 proof”) may not be carried onboard passenger-carrying aircraft. Alcoholic beverages containing 70% or less alcohol are limited to travel-size containers (3.4 oz./100ml) through the screening checkpoint. Yes Yes
Ammunition, small arms Small arms ammunition (up to .75-caliber cartridges or any gauge shotgun shells) for personal use may be carried in checked baggage if securely packed in boxes or packaging specifically designed for carrying ammunition. No loaded firearms permitted in checked baggage. No No
Carbon dioxide cylinders in a self-inflating life jacketTwo carbon dioxide cylinders may be in the life jacket and two spare cylinders may be carried.Yes Yes Yes
Dry ice (carbon dioxide, solid) Packages of dry ice must allow for the release of carbon dioxide gas. For accessible property and checked baggage, contact the aircraft operator if package is believed to contain greater than 5.5 lbs. of dry ice. Yes Yes
Heat-producing articles (diving lamps, portable soldering equipment, etc.) These are items that can generate extreme heat and may cause a fire if accidentally activated. The heat-producing component, the energy source (battery) must be disconnected to prevent unintentional functioning during transport. Yes No
Mercury barometer/thermometer A mercury barometer or thermometer is permitted in accessible property upon verification by a TSA STSO that the individual is a representative of a Government weather bureau or similar agency. (Note personal use exception above under “Mercury Thermometer, Small.”) Yes No